132. The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig


It is Christmas Eve and all is not well. Amelia Wishart is trapped in Mr Creeper’s workhouse and Christmas is in jeopardy. Magic is fading. If Christmas is to happen, Father Christmas knows he must find her.

With the help of some elves, eight reindeer, the Queen and a man called Charles Dickens, the search for Amelia – and the secret of Christmas – begins . . .

Paperback | 352 pages

Publisher: Canongate Books (October 12, 2017)

Can Haig really have captured the magic of Christmas again? Yes, he can! I had wondered about Amelia and how her story would continue – if it would continue – and I’m so eager for her story and the story of Father Christmas to entwine and reveal itself.

Easy as pie to read. Aimed at 9-12 readers, but I believe the magic of it is for readers of any age. Delightfully charming, witty, and gripping.

Amelia, Amelia, girl with the spunk, a lot of anger, and an – almost – never-ending supply of hope. I say almost because she had moments of rock bottom despair that were written with such kindness and genuine nature that I couldn’t help but want to protect her from the hardships of life.

I had a little niggle – and its really just me being greedy – but I craved more insight into the characters, especially Father Vodol & Father Christmas and what happened to them in the time between ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ and ‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas.’

Again, very easy to visualise. A happy blend of detail and illustration made for a pleasant visualisation.

I feel like I’m on a roll, which surely means I’ll fall off soon! Two great Christmas books in one day!! (Friday 13th Dec). Can I keep the ball rolling with another? Honestly, this was ace and lived up to the excited expectation I had after reading ‘A Boy Called Christmas’.

I love discovering gems like this. It makes me so happy and introduces me to a wider variety of books.

Through the roof! Enchantment at its best. I say that because the book enchanted me, bewitched me and carried me into its pages for three hours. I believe in magic and so, the book poured out magic as I read. This book makes you feel you are standing alongside the characters and makes you want to be apart of the story.

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